Pennsylvania Sojourn
PA Sojourn

—The Rail-trail Adventure of a Lifetime—

200 people spent six unforgettable days exploring two awesome trails—the legendary Great Allegheny Passage and beautiful Montour Trail—on RTC’s 2017 Pennsylvania Sojourn. This summer bike excursion explored Pennsylvania’s famous scenic wilderness, charming towns, beautiful tunnels, iconic sites and can’t-miss destinations. This fully supported rail-trail adventure vacation had great food, hot showers, flexible scheduling, fun evening activities, awesome optional trips—and the added benefit of supporting America’s trails!

Dates: June 1823, 2017

2017 Pennyslvania Sojourn

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Pennsylvania Sojourn Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, June 18

  • You will begin your six-day adventure at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Neville Island in Pittsburgh, the designated parking point for the sojourn. From there, you’ll be taken by motorcoach to the Deal Trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)—one of the most famous rail-trails in America—you’ll have the option of biking 8 miles to the first night’s campground …


  • Taking an out-and-back route to see several iconic sites, including the Eastern Continental Divide, Big Savage Tunnel, Big Savage Overlook and Mason-Dixon Line monument.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodations: Camping
    Bed & Breakfasts available (not included in price)

Day 2: Monday, June 19

  • Spend your day enjoying specular views as you cruise downhill on the GAP for 31 miles to the Confluence Outflow Campground. Along the way, you’ll pass under an enchanting tree tunnel.


  • Before heading to the campground, choose to take an uphill, on-road route to see sweeping vistas from the highest point in Pennsylvania: Mount Davis! NOTE: This challenging trip is recommended for stronger riders.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodations: Camping
    Bed & Breakfasts available (not included in price)

Day 3: Tuesday, June 20

  • Enjoy one of three fantastic excursions—and a complimentary lunch—on this layover day!
    • Fallingwater tour (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright)
    • Kentuck Knob tour (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright)
    • Lower Yough Class 3 rafting trip or Middle Yough Class 1-2 rafting trip 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 4: Wednesday, June 21

  • After a day of recharging, you’ll take on your longest ride day and tackle 51 miles from Confluence to the Lions Club campground in West Newton.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 5: Thursday, June 22

  • Begin your day riding first north and then west through several charming towns, on-road and on-trail, until you cross over the award-winning Monongahela River to the Montour Trail. From there, you’ll head to the welcoming small town of Cecil and camp at Cecil Township Ballfield park.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 6: Friday, June 23

  • Starting in Cecil, you’ll take a beautiful 25-mile ride on the Montour Trail and end your exciting journey back in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh.

    Meals: Breakfast


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